News from the Reference Desk Category: History

A Fan of True Crime? Check out these Chicago True Crime Books!

Dean Jobb, the author of Empire of Deception, the true story of 1920s Chicago swindler Leo Koretz, reviews some popular books about true crime in Chicago.

Check them out here!

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Dean’s next book will recreate the crimes of Thomas Neill Cream, a Victorian-era doctor who murdered at least ten people in Canada, Chicago and London.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

Cover of QuackeryQuackery
by Lydia Kang
A darkly whimsical chronicle of medicine’s greatest mistakes incorporates vintage images and ads for historical cures, from morphine for colicky babies and strychnine for impotence to leeches for the common cold and liquefied gold for immortality.

Cover of Inside Studio 54Inside Studio 54
by Mark Fleischman
Recounts the history of the famed New York City nightclub, chronicling the scenes of partying and debauchery that occurred in this legendary space and earned the establishment its racy reputation.
Cover of Everything is AwfulEverything is Awful
by Matt Bellassai
The comedian behind the series “Whine About It” and “To Be Honest” presents a collection of humorously anguished essays chronicling the awful moments of his life so far, from everyday indignities to the humiliations of the adult world.

 

Cover of The Burr ConspiracyThe Burr Conspiracy
by James E. Lewis Jr.
A multifaceted portrait of the early American republic as examined through the lens of the Burr Conspiracy explores the political and cultural forces that influenced public perception and how, in spite of vague and conflicting evidence, the former Vice President was arrested and tried for treason.

Cover of Paris FashionParis Fashion
by Valerie Steele
This revised and up-to-date edition of the pioneering book now encompasses the rise of fashion’s multiple world cities in the 21st century. Lavishly illustrated, deeply learned, and elegantly written, Steele’s masterwork explores with brilliance and flair why Paris remains the capital of fashion.

Cover of ImmunizationImmunization
by Stuart Blume
A collections of histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers to the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today’s “vaccine hesitancy,” the author discusses what will be needed to restore parents’ confidence.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of The Spinning MagnetThe Spinning Magnet
by Alanna Mitchell
A prize-winning science journalist narrates the history of electromagnetism and discusses how the earth’s magnetic force field is eroding ten times faster than previously believed, which will result in pole reversal and seriously dire consequences for modern technology.

Cover of The Motivation ToolkitThe Motivation Toolkit
by David Kreps
A renowned Stanford economist reveals the fundamental principles of employee motivation, based on leading economic and psychological theories of motivation, from the economic theory of incentives to the social psychological theory of self-determination.

Cover of A Ringside AffairA Ringside Affair
by James Lawton
Bringing the most compelling and climactic phase of boxing’s long history to life, the chief sportswriter of the Daily Express and the Independent pays tribute to the epic quality of boxing’s last years of glory, retracing arguably the richest inheritance bequeathed to any sport.

Cover of The Earth GazersThe Earth Gazers
by Christopher Potter
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a full-color book examines the beautiful images of the whole earth taken by the mission’s astronauts and the long road that led to that point by showcasing the visionaries that came before.

Cover of Say This, Not That to Your Teenage DaughterSay This, Not That To Your Teenage Daughter
by Ilana Kukoff
If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then it’s likely you never say the right thing. Based on the work of Cognition Builders, a firm that teaches families how to have constructive conversations, the authors have selected the most common conversational quandaries families face, and solved them for you.

Cover of America at NightAmerica at Night*
by Don Rittner
This book contains almost 200 photos taken from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s by the General Electric Company. Over these decades GE scientists continually experimented to invent and modify street lights that could transform urban downtowns, rural roads, and parks into daylight use.

Looking for fiction? Head over here for our newest titles!

*We’re sorry, this title is not available at MPPL

The Objects in Our Lives

Over the past few decades many electronic devices and other objects once vital in our lives have become obsolete.  Remember rotary telephones or even telephone booths?  The importance these objects had in our lives is significant.  Many museums are collecting these items to document the development of technology and our relationship to it.  At the McKinley Museum in Akron, Ohio, an exhibit called Mom, What’s That? includes objects from the 1980s.

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has been collecting items since the late 1960s.  These objects reflect the growth of Mount Prospect over the past 100 years.  They can be seen at the Friedrichs Museum in Mount Prospect at 101 South Maple.  If you cannot make it there in person, you can see professional photographs of many significant objects in the museum in a digital collection called Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.

It was almost a year ago that the Village unearthed the time capsule from 1992 as part of Mount Prospect’s Centennial Celebration.  If you haven’t viewed the items in the Library’s second-floor Harold Weary Genealogy Room, come and take a look before they become part of the new time capsule that will be buried in October 2017.

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

Fold3 has added new U.S. states to its collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (via the National Archives) now also includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, and Virginia. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military. You can read more here.

Making Rare Materials Visible to the World

Scanning all kinds of material has become a common task thanks to the availability of devices like Flip-Pal and special phone apps like Pic Scanner for iphones or Google PhotoScan for android phones.  But what do you do with a book that is nearly 6 feet by 7 1/2 feet when opened?  The British Library recently faced this challenge when it digitized its copy of the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s largest books.  The library made a video of the process available on YouTube recently. The Klencke Atlas contains 41 wall-sized, extremely rare maps.  These maps reveal what Dutch cartographers knew about the world during the High Renaissance period.  The public domain images of the atlas are part of the British Library’s Picturing Places online resource.

If you are looking for a digitized collection of items closer to home, go the the MPPL digital collection Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.  This collection includes an image of an 1873 map of Mount Prospect.